Thursday 31 October 2019

Frameworks for change

How can you model your values at work? 

Or release the fear? 

Or remember that your openness, trust and caring for everyone enables others to share themselves fully and safely? 

Perhaps it’s about embodying leadership (by considering what a role model for leadership would do in the current situation). 

This is just one subset of cards (in the photo above) from the Frameworks for change coaching process. I use the FCP in coaching because the cards are chosen by the coachee and not me. This often means coachees are more open to exploring how these cards apply to the current situation than defending it. Which makes for a more enlightening and inspired coaching session. 

A coaching session where coachees take responsibility for making the changes needed to achieve their goals.

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Low-hanging fruit

“We’ve exhausted the low-hanging fruit, so what do we do now?” 

This is a challenge many procurement departments face. 

Before jumping in with a logical exploration of what to do next - because I suspect you’ve tried that already numerous times - let’s see what a metaphorical exploration can provide. 

That is, if low-hanging fruit is picked quickly, and only once, how do we get more harvest for our organisations? 
  • get a ladder
  • wait for the higher-hanging fruit to fall
  • remove the overgrowth hiding the fruit
  • look for the harder-to-reach fruit
  • find ways to increase the yield
  • reduce waste
  • find uses for the wonky fruit
  • ensure we compost the rotten fruit
  • get more revenue for the fruit we do pick
  • reduce the total cost of growing and harvesting
  • expand the amount of fruit we grow (perhaps expanding to other orchards)
  • change the variety we plant
  • buy fruit from others
  • elongate the harvesting season
  • plan next year’s harvest better
  • move to better soil, or less climate-affected areas
  • use fruit from other areas
  • diversify into growing other fruits or vegetables 

Any other ideas? 

Somewhere within the metaphorical exploration is a seed of an idea for delivering more value.

Photo by niklas_hamann on Unsplash